Hickory Tavern - Birkdale
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Hickory Tavern is a better than average experience. Stopped in around 2:30 for a late lunch. Initially the restaurant is quite large for the area. Clean and well staffed with several waitresses, bartenders and table bussers. Our waitress Hailey was personable polite and prompt. 5 stars for her and her personality. I had the turkey melt with Swiss and tater tots. Tots were basic tots. Sandwich had nice fresh onions and plenty of thin turkey slices. Sandwich was very salty. Bride had chicken blt with chips. Good flavor overall enjoyed. Bar chips were done right.
Very good place for burgers and more. I had the Shrimp and Grits. First time having it, not going to be the last. Our server, KI , was easily, the best server we have had in a long time. She was very attentive to everything. Next time we are in town, we will be coming back.
Of the 3 HT I've been to, this stands out as a clear winner. Hands down the best food I've had from a HT or any other bar type restaurant. Everything was fresh and amazing. I highly recommend this place for a meal and drink.
Everytime I eat here. Its a let down. Okay hey blame it on the chef Ive been trying to get good food here for the past year and everytime its a let down. Today I finally decided to post pictures. Because talking to the manager get me nowhere. So you tell me. Biscuits were raw. My over easy egg was fried and yokes cooked. Bacon was also raw. I sent that back and told the chef to eat it. He wouldnt. Of course. And idk what restaurant does not have a toaster but I dont want black soot or burnt anything of a piece of toast. Its not even toasted. It was another let down. Oh all the negative, there was this one serve who stopped to ask me what was wrong and he tried to make it right. I was at the bar and he was a server name BRAD. He deserve a raise. For real. This man stepped up to a challenger that was not even his to take on. He sets the standard for hickory taverns everywhere. Brad the server. Go see him if you decide to visit this location.
Like most places they seem to be having staffing issues which is affecting quality of service. Food is really good for the price. Steak tacos, grilled chicken sandwich with bee sting sauce, fish and chips, and food truck chicken and rice are all great dishes. Hopefully they will be able to get staffing levels back up and provide a little quicker service. The big issue was waiting on the bar drinks - the appetizer came before the drinks which just shouldn't happen. Overall good place to eat, lots of TVs and good atmosphere.